James Forsyth

Sunday papers to say Labour is considering a 10 percent death tax

Sunday papers to say Labour is considering a 10 percent death tax
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The word on the street tonight is that the Sunday papers will report that Labour is considering a 10 percent ‘death tax’ to pay for long term care for the elderly. It will be interesting to see if Labour is prepared to rule out this option or if they will refuse to do so as they have refused to rule out a £20,000 levy.

Tomorrow, the three health spokesmen are all appearing on the Politics Show. I expect it will be a contentious encounter with Burnham accusing the Tories of playing politics with the issue and the Tories challenging Burnham to rule out a £20,000 levy.

PS One amusing aspect of this whole story is that Burnham set out his principles for dealing with long term care to his Lib Dem and Tory numbers in a text message, hardly suggesting that he went into great detail.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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